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Statement of Jewish Organizations on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Campaigns Against Israel

Believing that academic, cultural and commercial boycotts, divestments and sanctions of Israel are:

  • Counterproductive to the goal of peace,
  • Antithetical to freedom of speech,
  • Part of a greater effort to undermine the Jewish people’s right to self-determination in their homeland, Israel.

We, the undersigned members of the Jewish community, stand united in our condemnation of calls and campaigns for boycotting, divestment and sanctions of Israeli academic institutions, professors, products and companies that do business with Israel.

We recognize and accept that individuals and groups may have legitimate criticism of Israeli policies. Criticism becomes anti-Semitism, however, when it demonizes Israel or its leaders, denies Israel the right to defend its citizens or seeks to denigrate Israel’s right to exist.

The BDS movement is antithetical to principles of academic freedom and discourages freedom of speech. The movement silences voices from across the Israeli political spectrum. By pursuing delegitimization campaigns on campus, proponents have provoked deep divisions among students and have created an atmosphere of intolerance and hatred.

We oppose the extremist rhetoric of the delegitimization movement and reject calls for boycotting, divestment or sanctions against Israel. We call upon students, faculty, administrators and other campus stakeholders to uphold the academic and democratic values of a free and civil discourse that promotes peace and tolerance.

Prof. Mervin Verbit /
Prof. Samuel Edelman
Academic Council for Israel

Rabbi Steven Burg
Aish HaTorah

Andy Borans
Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity

Dr. Mitchell Bard
American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE)

Gerald Platt
American Friends of Likud

Howard Kohr
The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)

David Harris
American Jewish Committee (AJC)

Herbert Block
American Zionist Movement (AZM)

Charles Jacobs
Americans for Peace and Tolerance

Andrew Goldsmith
AMIT

Jonathan Greenblatt
Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

Josh Weinberg
ARZA

Dr. Colin Rubenstein / Jeremy Jones
Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council

Howard Libit
Baltimore Jewish Council

W. James Schiller
Baltimore Zionist District

Matthew Grossman
BBYO, Inc.

Daniel Citone
B'nai B'rith Europe

Daniel S. Mariaschin
B’nai B’rith International

Stephen Savitsky / George W Schaeffer /
Cheryl Bier
Bnai Zion Foundation

Jonathan Arkush
The Board of Deputies of British Jews

Nevet Basker
Broader View Israel Resource Center

Fred Taub
Boycott Watch

Hazzan Alisa Pomerantz-Boro
The Cantors Assembly

Shimon Koffler Fogel
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA)

Jessica Cohen
Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland

Linda Scherzer
Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey

Jessi Sheslow
Community Relations Committee of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

Robin Mancoll
Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater

Prof. Marcos Peckel
Confederacion Comunidades Judías Colombia

Malcolm Hoenlein
Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations

Henia Vrazda and Board
Coordination Committee (Denmark)

Phillip Brodsky
The David Project

Gunnar Bjork
Denmark Lodge, B’nai B’rith

Naomi Mestrum
Dutch Centre for Information and Documentation Israel (CIDI)

Mindy Stein
Emunah of America

Anton Block
Executive Council of Australia

Akiva Tendler
The Fellowship for Campus Safety and Integrity

John.D.A Levy
Friends of Israel Educational Foundation Academic Study Group

Ellen Hershkin
Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc.

Elliot Mathias
Hasbara Fellowships

Arlene & Sheldon Bearman
The Herbert Bearman Foundation

Mark Hetfield
HIAS

Eric Fingerhut
Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

Adv. Irit Kohn
The International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists

Ethan Felson / Geri Palast
Israel Action Network

Jacob Baime
Israel on Campus Coalition

Jack Saltzberg
The Israel Group

Josh Block
The Israel Project (TIP)

Adam Milstein / Shoham Nicolet
Israeli-American Council

Shawn Evenhaim
Israeli-American Coalition for Action

Doron Krakow
JCC Association

Alan Hoffmann
Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI)

David Hatchwell
Jewish Community of Madrid (CJM)

David Kurzmann
Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC of Metropolitan Detroit

Carol Brick-Turin
Jewish Community Relations Committee of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation

Ronald J. Lederman
Jewish Community Relations Committee  of the Jewish Community Board of Akron

Daniel Fogel
Jewish Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond

Justin Shaw
Jewish Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Columbus

Michael S. Rassler
Jewish Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara

Emily Muskovitz Sweet
Jewish Community Relations Council of Chicago

Jeremy Burton
Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston

Walter Spiegel
Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati

Melanie Rubin
Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas

Jenn Ross
Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg

Laura Zimmerman
Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford

Brian Levy
Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven

Caroline L. Good
Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans

Adam Kessler 
Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

Josh Sayles
Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Bob Horenstein
Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland

Ron Halber
Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

Aaron Gorodzinsky
Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley

Ellen Ollervidez
Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio

Janet Sherman
Jewish Community Relations Council of JEWISHcolorado

Bluma Zuckerbrot-Finkelstein
Jewish Community Relations Council of the Memphis Jewish Federation

Elana Kahn
Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation

Michael S. Miller
Jewish Community Relations Council of New York

Ben Friedman
Jewish Community Relations Council of Orlando

David Snyder
Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey

Lauren Steinberg
Jewish Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien

David Bernstein
Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA)

Karen Elam
Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester

Maxima Patashnik
Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle

Jerry Silverman
The Jewish Federations of North America

Michael Makovsky
Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA)

Simon Johnson
Jewish Leadership Council

Russell F. Robinson
Jewish National Fund (JNF)

Dov H. Maimon
Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI)

Lori Weinstein
Jewish Women International (JWI)

Yael Mosesson / Nina Tojzner
Jewish Youth Organization in Sweden

Ron Klein
Jews for Progress/National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC)

Kenneth L. Marcus
The Louis D. Brandeis Center For Human Rights Under Law

Ron Carner
Maccabi USA/Sports For Israel

Meara Razon Ashtivker
Masa Israel Journey

Marilyn L Wind / Sarrae G Crane
MERCAZ USA

Chellie Goldwater Wilensky
NA’AMAT USA

Ram Shefa
National Union of Israeli Students

Farley Weiss
National Council of Young Israel

Rabbi Micah Greenland
NCSY

Susan Z. Kasper / Harry Hauser
North American Association of Synagogue Executives (NAASE)

Gerald M. Steinberg
NGO Monitor

Allen I. Fagin
Orthodox Union (OU)

Tzvi Avisar
Over the rainbow–the Zionist movement (OTR)

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld
Rabbinical Assembly

Jacob Sternberg
Realize Israel

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
Religious Action Center

Rabbi Gideon Shloush
Religious Zionists of America/Mizrachi

Matt Brooks
Republican Jewish Committee (RJC)

Eran Shayshon
Reut: The Reut Group: From Vision to Reality

Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
The Schechter Institutes, INC., Jerusalem

Asaf Romirowsky
Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME)

Andy Huston
Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity

Rabbi Marvin Hier/ Rabbi Abraham Cooper
Simon Wiesenthal Center

Barbara Pontecorvo
Solomon-Osservatorio sulle Discriminazioni (Italy)

Ben Swartz / Mark Hyman
South African Friends of Israel

Wendy Kahn
South African Jewish Board of Deputies

Ben Swartz
South African Zionist Federation

Roz Rothstein
StandWithUs

Ilan Sinelnikov
Students Supporting Israel (SSI)

Jonathan Turner
UK Lawyers for Israel

Josh Holt
Union of Jewish Students (UJS - UK)

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Union for Reform Judaism (URJ)

Luke Akehurst
We Believe in Israel

Dorrit Raiter
WIZO Denmark

Carol S. Simon
Women's League for Conservative Judaism

Rabbi Marla J. Feldman
Women of Reform Judaism

Betty Ehrenberg
World Jewish Congress, North America

Yosef Tarshish
World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS)

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
The World Values Network

Laurence A. Bolotin
Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity

Paul Charney
Zionist Federation of the United Kingdom and Ireland

Morton A. Klein
Zionist Organization of America (ZOA)